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Evaluation Day

Lamentations 3:40
Let us search out and examine our ways, And turn back to the Lord;
As Christian’s, I think often we can get into an attitude of contentment in our Christian walk, and I mean that in a bad way. We get to this place where we are satisfied with our behaviours and attitudes and don’t force ourselves to grow anymore. We forget our flaws, don’t realize we have them in the first place, or brush them aside as part of our sin nature. It’s not good, and it doesn’t make a healthy spiritual life.
I think as Christians we need to examine ourselves often to see what flaws we have, because it is in that way that we grow. And we need to be honest with ourselves when we do it and not gloss over the black parts. And then we need to try to conform closer to what God wants us to be. Use the Word, use prayer, and remember that God gives us the strength to change into the New Man, and to put off the Old.
This is on my mind because today is the day I started my spiritual journal two or three years ago, and it somehow became the day that I stopped and looked over my life from the past year to see if and how I’d grown. It needs to be done periodically and often in our lives, but it helps me to have one set day to look over the year. And some things I realize hurt, and some make me glad, but they all make me grow, and that’s what’s important.
Psalm 26:2 says:  “Examine me, O Lord, and prove me; Try my mind and my heart.” We need to be able to pray that, and when the Lord reveals a crack or a smudge, we need to be willing to fix it, to fix ourselves to more perfectly shine His image.

I’m not saying it’s easy, in fact, it’s not. And I’m not saying it’s a one time and your done, because that’s not true either. The Christian walk is just that, a walk: Constantly moving. Moving towards God. Moving away from sin.

So examine yourself, and continue to grow, and continue to move towards Him.

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Scrub, Scrub, Examine, and Scrub Some More!

Various things came and went through my mind as I realized just how much dust can settle on a wall after ten years.  (Not to make it sound that we live in a filthy house!  But you’d be surprised how much can stick behind a shelf or picture frame)
The thought process that involves this post though went something like this:  It’s amazing what you don’t realize is on your wall because you never look.  Ugh!  How did a black skid mark get ABOVE the door?”  *shakes head in wonderment, knowing she will never get the answer to that question and attacks the mark vigorously with a Magic Marker thingy*  “How long has it been there?”
*For some reason randomly thinks of Bible verse*
Lamentations 3:40
Let us search out and examine our ways, And turn back to the LORD;
I wonder what “dust” settles in our spiritual life without realizing it.  What sins do we do without realizing it?  What thoughts, attitudes, and actions have settled imperceptibly in our lives that we shouldn’t be thinking, feeling or doing?  These things aren’t pleasing to God, could stumble weaker believers, and hinder our growth.  So we need to follow what this verse says and examine our lives and work to bring them closer to where they should be.  Because it’s our duty and privilege to make sure we’re always walking the straight and narrow in every aspect of our life.
So grab your sponge, scrub brush, or what have you, and search for the specks in your life!  It might be painful, but it’s worth it.


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